Mission

To conduct research and provide educational programs in environmentally-sound biobased product and energy development leading to the establishment of sustainable bioenergy and biorefinery industries in Oklahoma.

  • Strengthen basic research foundation in feedstock development and conversion technologies.
  • Provide undergraduate and graduate training for future biobased economy workforce.
  • Formulate teams of university personnel to determine the most appropriate opportunities in feedstock production and conversion applications for specific regions in Oklahoma.
  • When and where appropriate, establish producer-based feedstock demonstration plots of selected perennial grasses, such as switchgrass.
  • Establish OSU as one of the predominant cellulosic research universities in the U.S.

The following objectives reflect the integrated activities at OSU. Researchers work synergistically, addressing the most important issues in the conversion of agricultural resources to liquid fuel and other value-added products.

  • Maintain an active feedstock development program providing improved perennial grass varieties for central and southern U.S.
  • Identify and enhance feedstocks for producing biobased products and energy.
    • Maintain an inventory of existing biomass resources.
    • Assess the feedstock potential of selected plant species (native, naturalized, exotic) and processed biomass waste.
    • Determine optimal procedures for establishing and managing dedicated feedstock crops.
  • Employ and/or develop energy efficient and cost effective harvesting, handling, storage and transportation systems.
  • Enhance existing and develop new bioconversion technologies.
    • Biofuels – ethanol, biodiesel, etc.
    • Biopower – electricity, heat/steam, etc.
    • Bioproducts – chemicals, plastics, composites, etc.
  • Determine sustainability of establishing biorefineries.
    • Determine the cost of system components for potential feedstocks and end products.
    • Refine and improve the energy balance for complete systems.
    • Develop integrated models to quantify the environmental and economic impact of land conversion to feedstocks supporting anticipated biorefineries.
  • Provide education about biobased products and energy through secondary education, undergraduate and graduate resident instruction; and through extension/outreach to a wide range of audiences.